Above and beyond: Environmental integrity

Courtesy Phillips 66

The general public does not typically associate the petrochemical industry with environmental mindfulness. On the contrary, much of the descriptive language these days portrays industry as having a reckless disregard for its ecological setting.

To dispel these misconceptions, some owners have made it their mission to exceed required environmental regulations to ensure a healthy ecosystem. There is a growing, widespread recognition that industry and nature must co-exist to achieve a sustainable future.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is playing a key role in encouraging such endeavors, chiefly through its Environmental Leadership Program. The program promotes voluntary pollution prevention, waste reduction and other environmental stewardship efforts, then recognizes champions of the environment during an annual awards program.

Here’s a look at some of the previous ELP winners, and others who have gone above and beyond to protect the natural environment.